Marc Morano, communications director for Sen. James M. Inhofe on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, was leaving for the airport when Inside the Beltway called him on July 27. Where was he going? “Greenland,” came the unexpected reply. “It should be an interesting trip — there’s 30 of us going, and I’m the only ‘global warming’ skeptic.”
The U.S. Senate fact-finding mission, to investigate fears of a glacier meltdown, lasted three days. Now, Mr. Morano has posted his observations on the committee’s Web site. The journey “revealed an Arctic land where current climatic conditions are neither alarming nor linked to a rise in man-made carbon dioxide emissions,” he began.
Citing temperature charts, he points out that while Greenland has been “warming since the 1880s,” temperature averages since 1955 have actually been “colder” than the period between 1881 and 1955. In fact, one study concludes that Greenland “was as warm or warmer in the 1930s and 40s, and the rate of warm- ing from 1920-1930 was about 50 percent higher than the warming from 1995-2005.” Which could mean? “New data is revealing what may perhaps be the ultimate inconvenient truth for climate doomsayers: Global warming stopped in 1998,” speculates Mr. Morano, reminding us that Greenland is “the land the Vikings once farmed during the Medieval Warm Period.”
(No wonder, The Washington Post reported in June, that some of Greenland’s residents are “cheering” whatever warming comes their way. “I can keep the sheep out two weeks longer to feed in hills in the autumn. And I can grow more hay. The sheep get fatter,” said one resident.)
Mr. Morano says senators and staff viewed Greenland and its “majestic giant glaciers and icebergs” via helicopter, boat and on foot.
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